A Desk Appearance Ticket sounds harmless, a matter of little concern.
It is not.
It means you have been arrested, charged with a criminal offense, and must appear in court. Failure to do so will result in a warrant for your arrest.
The difference between a Desk Appearance Ticket, or DAT, and a traditional arrest is that you are not considered a flight risk.
Instead of sitting in jail awaiting arraignment, with a DAT you are permitted to voluntarily appear on your own.
Because this sounds innocuous, many people take it casually or even dismiss it, and certainly don’t feel they need a lawyer for such a simple matter.
These are mistakes.
A DAT is a serious matter, and if you are found guilty of the charge, the consequences can be grim, including incarceration or a criminal record (which in New York State, will last forever).
Your job could be suspended or terminated, even just for being issued one of these tickets!
In facing such prospects, James can work to ensure the best possible outcome of your case or possibly even dismissal or lessening of the charge.
A Desk Appearance Ticket is usually issued for minor crimes, including some of the following:
Even if you accidentally bump against someone in a crowded subway car, you could be charged with unlawful or forcible touching—a type of sexual harassment.
While considered minor, these are still criminal charges, and a Desk Appearance Ticket marks the start of a criminal prosecution.
You need a skilled and experienced lawyer like James to guide you through this process and protect your right, someone to handle any paperwork, question the arresting officer, clarify any charges and to move the case along as quickly as possible.
James will get you in and out of court. Your time is valuable and you shouldn’t have to waste entire day waiting for your case to be called. Additionally, James will provide moral and emotional support as well as safeguard your reputation and your future, helping you to avoid a criminal record.
On your day in court, you will be informed of the charge or charges against you, and you will be arraigned and enter your plea.
The judge will also decide whether bail should be set.
From there, your case may go to trial, or your lawyer may be able to plead to a lesser charge.
This is not something you should attempt on your own. James Medows is a veteran in these kinds of scenarios, and he is the person to speak for you.
The bottom line is that you are being charged with a crime, and you need an astute lawyer with extensive experience in handling desk appearance tickets, its various charges, its court rules and procedures, and its potential inaccuracies.
You need dedication, commitment, skill, and compassion. For all of these, look no further than the Law Office of James Medows.
Call James (an experienced Brooklyn Desk Appearance Ticket Attorney) on his cell phone any time day or night, any day of the year at 917-856-1247.